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In the programme tonight: far this year.

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The benefits cheat up in court for claiming almost ?50,000

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The house the council said tripled in size without planning permission.

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We will be here later in the programme.

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A family launches a search for a bone marrow donor to save

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And in rugby, the Saints are on target this weekend

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First tonight, the benefit fraudster who claimed

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thousands of pounds for looking after a daughter he didn't have.

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For 11 years, Jem Bakalej from Northampton collected income

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support, tax credits and child benefit

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for a daughter who had actually died just after she was born.

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In total, he claimed just under ?50,000.

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His scam was only discovered after an anonymous tip`off to

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the government's fraud investigation team.

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We'll be hearing from them in a moment.

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But first, this report from Mike Cartwright.

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He did everything not to show his face. Mr Bakalej, are you ashamed to

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show your face? Anything to get away from the camera. A father he used

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his dead daughter's men to take ?50,000. Jem Bakalej walked free

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from court and could have gone to jail. He received a two`year

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suspended sentence for what the judge described as a very serious

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crime. He was also given 200 hours community service and a curfew from

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7pm to seven a.m.. He lived on this Northampton Street with his partner

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and their three children, a man who claimed single`parent income support

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for his baby daughter just a few months after she died. Over 11

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years, Jem Bakalej defrauded more than ?35,000 of income support,

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nearly ?7,000 in tax credits and nearly ?7,000 in child benefit. This

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sort of benefit fraud, over a 10`year period, is not particularly

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common, but as a whole benefit broadcast the taxpayer more than ?1

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billion. This is not a victimless crime, it's not only from

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taxpayers, it also harms the most vulnerable in society who see their

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much`needed benefits going to people who really don't have any legitimate

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claim. The care he provides to his son kept him from being sent to

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prison today. A man desperate to stay hidden after hiding benefit

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fraud for more than a decade. Mark Pickering is

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from the government's fraud I asked him why was Mr Bakalej

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allowed to get away with it for At the time it appeared to be a

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genuine claim. You say it is that you should take people 's work, but

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surely you have to check people are telling the truth? Absolutely. But

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based on the facts given to us at the time we had no cause to doubt

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what he was telling us. Yes, we will undertake reviews on people's

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claims, but he continued to tell us that the child was still alive,

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which is what we thought. This fraud went on for more than a decade.

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There will be people watching who are shocked and surprised. Were you

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shocked when you uncovered the case? It is unusual. We are merging now

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with one government department which could now involve us looking at

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local authorities. Are you saying that the system has been too

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bureaucratic to this point for you to be able to police it properly?

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Absolutely not. We have an excellent system in place and we have

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extremely good investigators doing a good job. It was ?1 billion last

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year. That is what benefit broadcast. It's an extremely large

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amount of money to anyone. It is an extremely large amount of money but

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when you bear in mind the amount of benefits we pay out, that equates to

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0.7% of benefits paid out. It is a high amount. We will recover where

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anybody has assets and we will recover fully when we can.

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After years of campaigning against a giant incinerator, villagers

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in Bedfordshire say they're now facing yet another planning battle.

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This time, against a gas`fired power station.

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as Rookery Pits has seen development plans come and go,

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and each time there's been fierce local opposition.

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This is the place in question, Rookery Pits, just south of Bedford

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and surrounded by the villagers of Marston Moor, Millbrook and Stuart

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B. The gas station proposed here would be just the other side of the

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green mound and would take up 20 acres. The company behind it said it

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would create jobs and bring money to the local economy. On the back they

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are looking to build up a new gas power station. What do you do with a

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dish used clay pit? This used to supply the brickworks nearby until

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they shot `` disused. Plans of the site include an incinerator,

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landfill, and now a gas`fired power station. But not everyone is

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convinced. We always seem to be having yet another fight against

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major infrastructure projects. We just seem to be getting one major

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project after another. We are getting tired of it. This was the

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local reaction when a different company wanted to build an

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incinerator on the site to burn waste. It got planning permission

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but they were then put on hold. Why does Millbrook Energy want to build

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its power station on this site? It has been designated for industrial

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development. The facilities are keeping in with that designation and

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it is very close to the electricity and gas infrastructure. A leaflet

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outlining the plans has been sent to people living and working nearby.

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Their first impressions? I was very anti the previous company, but that

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was burning waste. I need to find out more. It didn't read as though

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it was written for the layman and the website was confusing. I

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wouldn't say I'm overwhelmed it will go there but I think it's a

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necessity that has to happen. Next week details of the plans will be

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made available at a series of exhibitions in surrounding villages.

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Next, the row over planning permission which saw

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a five`bedroom bungalow turned into a seven`bedroom mansion.

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Luton businessman Raza Shah told the council he wanted to add

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What happened next was building work which the council said tripled

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But now Mr Shah told us he will be allowed to keep his dream house.

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Last September, Mr Shah's dream home was facing demolition even before it

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was finished. The Luiten businessman had been given planning permission

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for an extension of the local planners felt it and build a new

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home. We spent two years on a project to be told that we needed to

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pull it down. Which makes no sense. The decision makes no sense. This is

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the five bedroom bungalow that Mr Shah bought three years ago. And

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this is how it looks today. Last September, Central Bedfordshire

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Council ordered its demolition because they felt it had been

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overdeveloped. The building has now been saved after Mr Shah lodged an

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appeal and one. `` and won it. I'm ecstatic. I've always had faith in

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God, and justice has prevailed. Central Bedfordshire Council said it

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was an inappropriate development in an area of outstanding natural

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beauty. The planning inspector disagree. Anybody looking at the

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house can see it's a completely different building to the original

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construction which was a flat roofed building. This looks more like

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Southfork. Anyone with a glimmer of common sense would say that that is

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a new house. A number of neighbours objected to the planning

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application. None of them wanted to appear in this report, but they all

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told me they felt rather frustrated and bewildered by the planning

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inspector's decision. A view shared by some but not all villagers. It

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looks a bit out of place. It stands out like a sore thumb. I think he's

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done a great job. The council Two men have been jailed for a

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series of shootings which took place Khadeem Newell,

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seen here on the left, and Rene Lawrence on the right were both

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convicted of conspiracy to murder. They will each serve a minimum

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of 11 years in jail. Now we can join Stewart and Susie

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for the rest of the programme. One at Christmas and one

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on her birthday. A Seago exhibition often

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drew long queues. The works up for sale have been

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displayed at Bury St Edmunds prior In a gallery, two art lovers meet

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for the first time, but already as sheer passion. East Anglia as did by

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Sir Edward Seago. That is the one. I would love that. Would you give it

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to me? I think Sir Edward Seago is a slightly unsung hero. Seven local

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land and seascapes by a local artist are soon to be auctioned in London.

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A sneak preview today. A beach party somewhere in Norfolk. Silhouetted in

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snow. Barges. Underground trollop. This one expected to raise about

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?50,000. Not bad for a man who taught him self to paint and ran off

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to live with a travelling circus aged 18. He healed from Norwich and

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on time was hailed as one of the most elevated artists in Britain.

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This works were snapped up by monarchs and ministers. He is not a

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Marmite artist. He will appeal to most people. But the critics were

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sniffy? I think it was because of rapid developments occurring that

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critics did not take to him. He was never seen as cutting`edge. Another

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knowledge artist very much at the cutting edge is Colin self with an

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international reputation and he admits Seago will never be one of

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the great artist. It would probably be like comparing Mount Snowdon with

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Mount Everest. It is kind of quirky that someone like him still carries

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on, essentially painting 19th`century painting in the

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20th`century. It is a curious world with an art as stated by royalty and

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the public fell short with the critics, but he must have got

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something right and in the last 15 years alone, the value of his work

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has doubled. This dog will rise even more at next month is macro option.

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`` next month's option. The plight of a baby boy from

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Northamptonshire has highlighted a serious shortage of bone marrow

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donors across the region. Every three weeks, Joey Ziadi needs

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a blood transfusion to stay alive. Joey's family are now desperately

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searching for a donor but Just under 2,000 people

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in this country need a bone marrow a third find a perfect match with

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somebody in their immediate family but the rest including Joey have to

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rely on the donor register They are a happy family, but

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heartache behind the smiles. Joey has a rare blood condition and he

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cannot edges red blood cells to feed his body with oxygen at either

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transfusion every three weeks. It is a condition called Diamond`Blackfan

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anemia affecting only 125 people in the UK. Bad cells produce weirs

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cells are missing. As he is a baby, you want him to be up eight and

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learning and developing. But when he is anaemic every three weeks, he is

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floppy, lethargic. It is affecting his development. His first nine

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months have been dramatic, born lethargic and floppy and he could

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not open his eyes than two weeks, then suffering heart failure.

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Transfusions can help but long`term can affect organs. Now his family

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have set up a Facebook page asking people to come forward as donors. It

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would give him the chance to have a normal life without having these

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blood transfusions hanging over him every three weeks. Just so he can

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grow to be a normal little boy, be able to run around and not after

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three weeks go down the hill. He can sustain his own body with a bone

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marrow transplant. In the UK, every 20 minutes, someone is diagnosed

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with lung cancer. Only 30% of patients find a match within their

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own family. We have over half a million people on the register, and

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access to the other registers around the world, where we can search for a

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match, meaning we can access 20 million people, but for about half

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of the people needing transplants, we cannot find a match in the UK, so

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the more people coming forward, the more families matches we can we

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apologise for the loss of subtitles. If you want to find out more

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about donating bone marrow you can get in touch with the Anthony Nolan

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register. Their website is

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at anthony nolan.org. It's an exciting weekend

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in store for supporters They are hoping to secure

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their second big prize in a week by lifting the Premiership trophy

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for the first time On Sunday,

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their England stars leave for Players like Tom Wood who has

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his own special way You will not find many back row

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bruisers with a Robin Hood fetish. Whether you are Bath,

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Leicester or just a plain old rugby ball, all have been on the receiving

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end of Northampton's Tom Wood. Where did your passion

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for actually come from? A friend

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of mine mentioned he had a bow. But when I saw kit like this,

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had a go, I don't think put one How do you think this has

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helped you as a rugby player? It is about getting away from rugby,

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the rigours of the professional game, training day in, day out,

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the intensity of fans, the media, nice to be on a field with none

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of that going on and half an hour Stealing over the line to Rob Lester

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of a place in the premiership final fortnight

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ago, he then took his band of merry men to Cardiff last week to claim

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their first trophy in four years. Last Friday night was a big one,

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because having that in the cabinet already gives us that

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extra confidence, But after what happened last year,

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and all the work we've put in already this season,

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we really want to go there and bring home some silverware to

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this club, to the town. A lesson with Tom Wood

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on the compound bow is Your biceps are

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about five times the size of mine. Until this bit hits this bit

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of string. A natural teacher,

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his light`hearted approach betrays You get much banter

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of team`mates for this? The banter is about how intense I

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am, rather than the actual pursuit. I have picked up the nickname arrow,

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which I don't mind, The premiership title is one

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trophy to have eluded Saints. With snipers like Wood

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on the Twickenham turf, The build up to England's World Cup

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campaign gets underway in just over an hour. Roy Hodgson's

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side are taking on Peru The match could give us some idea

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about what to expect in Brazil.But Brazil, they've got one by Shakira,

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one by J`Lo and Pitbull and most of Let's go live to Wembley and

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World Cup Mike. Welcome to Wembley, a big night for

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England and their fans. A chance for them to say good luck and goodbye

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before going to America then on to Brazil. Let us look down Olympic

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Way. You take your life in your hands when among football fans, but

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this should be a good crowd. Not maybe both from Peru. This is a time

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for optimism. These chaps are from Cambridge. The other Free Kicks, and

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they have written a song about Roy Hodgson. `` they are called Free

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Kicks. The Free Kicks at their studios in Cambridge with their own

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World Cup warm up. Ordinarily, the playful rock around the pubs, but

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this singer songwriter was inspired by nine other than Roy Hodgson. And

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not only is there a song, but a very cool video as well. Sadly, we do not

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know what Roy Hodgson thinks of the song yet. He is busy with the

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football for the ``. The World Cup tops everything. Stephen Gerrard

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also gets a mention. Just to echo what he has said, everyone is

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impressed, certainly the young lads have done fantastically well, even

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the two young lads training with us have been superb. And it is not just

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the Free Kicks busy with the song, have a look at Beer Belly Billy and

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the Billericay Boys, raising money for a garden Hospice in Letchworth.

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You have also been telling me on Twitter about your favourite World

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Cup songs. This one from 1970 tops the list are many, but sadly a

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nightmare in the quarterfinals and we were home to early. Hopefully,

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the Free Kicks, including some seminaked cavorting in Cambridge,

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can inspire England to World Cup glory this time.

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This is the singer`songwriter. Not a big football fan, how did you write

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the song? I trawled through the Internet, looking at other ones. I

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used that as a reference. What kind of reaction have you had? It has

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been great, lots of friends and family, Radio five Live laid as,

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social media, it has been great. `` have played the song. Let's have a

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quick final burst of the chorus. SINGING.

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Fantastic! Who knows? It could be a hit. It is available on iTunes. Good

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luck to England tonight. Get in touch with me if you have World Cup

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story, using these details on screen. Goodbye from Wembley.

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Thank goodness he did not predict England would win the World Cup. He

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is the worst. Now for the weather. The World War I tour has arrived in

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Norwich, these are live pictures showing them setting up for

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tomorrow. Lots of visitors it acted and certainly some good weather. The

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tour was in Suffolk and will be in Colchester on the fifth and 6th of

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July, promising visitors a fool recruitment experience. I hope you

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have fun. And the weather is looking good for lots of outdoor pursuits

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this weekend. I am off to Ladies Day at the racecourse and pleased to

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report it is looking quite fine for most of Sunday, just the small

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chance of showers, but barely low`risk. For most of us, looking

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dry right the way through the weekend. Dry weather across the

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British Isles. Some fine conditions, but it could turn a bit

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cloudy. Coastal parts of the region did well for sunshine. Other inland,

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more cloud around. `` farther inland. Most of us seeing sunshine

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to end the day and clear spells overnight. Possible it could get

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chillier than the last few nights. Temperatures getting down into

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single figures, perhaps or 7 degrees and some mist patches in the early

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hours of tomorrow. Tomorrow starts with some fine weather, a little

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chilly to start with, but warming up in the sunshine. The clouds starting

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to feed through into the afternoon and the small risk it could produce

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some isolated showers, but for most looking dry. In the sunshine, 17 or

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18 degrees the high. And onshore breeze means cooler temperatures

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along the coast and stop largely fine and cloudy for the afternoon.

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The weather will change next week, the pressure part into next week,

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meaning some unsettled conditions returning, but not spell your link

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`` but not spoiling the weekend. By Monday, some regions could get to 19

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Celsius. But the risk of some showers. Then unsettled to start

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next week, increasingly cloudy for Monday, the Chancellor showers

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around, and Tuesday looking like sunshine and

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